There are actually many uses for GIF images. I’m sure a lot of you see these images floating around and have wondered what different ways you can use GIF images. Much of the intent of these GIF images are for fun. So, pretty much you can use these GIF images just about anywhere online. It’s been said that the first GIF image was a picture of a plane, whether animated or not I don’t know. And it wasn’t this particular GIF shown below, this one I just added for fun.
Use GIF images in text messages
Using GIF images in text messages is a fun way to get your point across to your recipient. GIPHY now has an app that you can use to search for GIF images and insert them into a text message. It is a quick way to tell someone something in an image instead of a boring typed out text message.
Use GIF images on social media
Most social media platforms accept GIF images. But, I know of two that do not, which are Instagram and LinkedIn. With Instagram, you actually have to convert your GIF image into a video file and it will auto-play and loop, just like an animated GIF. And with LinkedIn you have to upload an MP4 video, and if its less than 15 seconds it will auto-play and loop, just like an animated GIF. Otherwise, anything over 15 seconds appears as a video. All the other social media platforms accept GIF images like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Use GIF images on blogs and websites
You can also use GIF images on blog posts or websites. On GIPHY.com there’s an embed link next to the GIF image. Just drop in the iFrame embed code onto your blog or website and you’re done! The GIPHY Embed Player auto-plays on all browsers and devices.
Use GIF images as business advertisements
I know I have used GIF images as a form of business advertisement. Have you? It’s a fun way to get your business advertisement noticed online. Here is an example of one I have created for a child care center.